5 Tips for Taking Photos with a Wheelchair
Whether you’re a photographer, family member, partner, or friend of someone with a disability, here are some tips that might help with photographing someone in a wheelchair. I’ll use our engagement photos as examples.
1. Get a good understanding of how the person in the chair feels about the look of the photo before the photo session. When we had our engagement photos taken, Matt didn’t want the power chair to over “power” the photo. Our photographer was great at featuring us instead of the chair.
2. If the person is comfortable with it, take some photos with and without the wheelchair. We brought our strong friend Jack with us (we affectionately call him “Hodor” for those of you that watch Games of Thrones), and he was able to transfer Matt in and out of his chair so we could take photos in different places. You can see him in the background below 🙂 My favorite engagement pic is the one where we are sitting on the bench.
3. Don’t be afraid to have fun with the chair! In one of our photos, I had Matt pull me on my roller blades. It represented us and our relationship better than most photos we’ve taken together.
4. Find positions that look and feel natural. With Matt not being able to make a fist, I put my hand on his to hold our “Save the Date” sign. Sitting on stairs was a great natural pose for us that made Matt feel like himself.
5. Make sure the person in the wheelchair is comfortable. A good photographer knows that the key to a great photo is not just background and lighting, it’s the comfort and confidence of the subject(s).
Photo Credit: Bloom N’ Zoom Photography